Holidays in the Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Castle

Cesky Krumlov is an important objective for a number of Czech and foreign tourists. The city is admired mainly due to its extensive castle complex which is the second largest in Czech Republic (the largest is of course the Prague Castle). History of the Cesky Krumlov Castle is wealthy and over the centuries number of famous Czech families joined their lives with the castle or the town.


Lords of Krumlov established Hradek on the left bank of the river Vltava already sometime before 1250. Lords of Krumlov was a branch of the powerful Vítkovci family, with the crest of the cinquefoil rose. The first written mention about the castle dates back to 1253. Lords of Krumlov dying in 1302 and the ownership of original Gothic Cesky Krumlov Castle was passed as heritage to relatives, famous family of the Rosenbergs. During the Rosenberg ownership the town of Cesky Krumlov passed through the biggest boom and original Gothic castle was transformed into a splendid Renaissance residence. Generous reconstruction of the Cesky Krumlov Castle caused Rosenbergs fell into debt and that was reason that Petr Vok of Rosenberg was forced Krumlov dominion in 1601 to sell the Emperor Rudolf II.


The city Cesky Krumlov was several times ransacked in the 17th century and finaly the town and Cesky Krumlov Castle was given to Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg by Emperor Ferdinand II. in 1622. The third generation of the Eggenberg´s family, Prince Johann Christian I. von Eggenberg, again elevate the importance of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. Prince Johann Christian I. von Eggenberg also initiated reconstruction that modified Renaissance residence into flashy and impressive Baroque residence. The Cesky Krumlov Castle and the town in 1719 was passed to Schwarzenbergs and remained in their possession until 1940.


Cesky Krumlov Castle was declared as a National Historic Landmark and the entire complex ws inscribed on the UNESCO list in 1992. City and Castle Czech Krumlov has a special historical atmosphere and we enjoyed our stay very much.

20.8.2009 | yorkka | Cities |
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Cesky Krumlov Castle, II. courtyard
Cesky Krumlov Castle, Hrádek with castl Tower
Cesky Krumlov Castle, II.  courtyard
Cesky Krumlov Castle, IV. courtyard
View from Cesky Krumlov Castle
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